19/12/2012 03:05 GMT | Updated 11/03/2013 08:40 GMT

Lostprophets Lead Singer Ian Watkins Charged Over Child Sex Offences

Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins has been charged with sexual offences against children, South Wales Police said on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.

He is set to appear at Cardiff magistrates court on Wednesday over the charges.

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The lead singer of the popular rock band performing onstage

Two other women, aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster and Bedford have been charged with a similar offences, police said.

South Wales Police's senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Peter Doyle, appealed for information saying:

"Specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up.

"I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us.

"Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken."

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